Tyler Cloyd , a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, always wanted to see a game at Fenway Park.
His ninth career major league start will come there Monday night when he takes the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies .
Boston won't have the luxury of turning to Clay Buchholz , who has been scratched for the opener of the first four games between these teams.
The Phillies (24-26) failed to pull even with Washington for second place in the NL East on Sunday as they allowed five runs in the seventh in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. Cole Hamels fell to 1-8 as he received one or no runs of support for the fourth time in five starts.
Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) will hope for better backup from his offense as he continues to fill in for the injured Roy Halladay . Cloyd grew up a Red Sox fan though he was born and raised in Nebraska, but has never seen a game at Fenway.
"To go there and actually be able to pitch, it's going to be fun," he told the team's official website. "I'm definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll go there and keep going with this success."
The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday to make his second start of the season. He limited Miami to two runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 7-3 victory.
Despite his obvious excitement, Cloyd doesn't believe he'll have a problem focusing on his job once he steps on the rubber.
"Every game, you've got to just cool your emotions and just go out and pitch," he said. "It's just another baseball game, just a different atmosphere."
The Red Sox (31-20) won for the ninth time in 12 games Sunday with Jacoby Ellsbury 's two-run double concluding a four-run ninth in a 6-5 victory over Cleveland. Having gone 9-1 with Buchholz on the mound, Boston figured to have a good shot for a fourth straight victory Monday, but he will be skipped because of irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder.
"The doctors said I could throw and it wouldn't affect my delivery. It was my call," Buchholz said. "If it was September, I'd throw."
Instead, Boston will turn to Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 8.20), who hasn't made a start since April 23, when he gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings in a 13-0 loss to Oakland.
He's made just one relief appearance since, throwing a scoreless inning in Friday's 8-1 victory over the Indians. The right-hander has thrown 2 1-3 scoreless innings over two relief appearances versus Philadelphia.
Monday could mark closer Jonathan Papelbon 's first game at Fenway as a visitor. Papelbon, who left the Red Sox as a free agent after 2011, is Boston's all-time saves leader with 219.
The Phillies' bullpen should also be bolstered by the return of Mike Adams , who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Adams, who owns a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings, hasn't pitched since May 10 due to a strained back.
Dustin Pedroia is batting .394 with eight doubles over his last 18 games, though he was 0 for 2 with two walks Sunday.
The Red Sox have won eight of the last 10 meetings in Boston.
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|May 11, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right back strain|
|Boston Red Sox|
|May 26, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Right collarbone pain|
|May 24, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||15-Day DL||Low back strain|
|May 23, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back spasms|
|May 21, 2013||Shane Victorino||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|May 20, 2013||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
|May 12, 2013||David Ross||7-Day DL||Concussion|
BOSTON (AP) -- Alfredo Aceves only got another chance to start for the Boston Red Sox because Clay Buchholz woke up feeling soreness in his shoulder.
He may have earned himself another turn in the rotation.
Aceves (2-1) held the Phillies to one run over six innings in his best outing of the year, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 on Monday night.
"He took tonight as an opportunity to make an impression," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He made a solid one. It's a night-and-day difference."
Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli homered in the first inning as Boston jumped out to an early lead off Tyler Cloyd (1-1) and coasted to victory. Jacoby Ellsbury had hits in each of the first three innings to help the Red Sox earn their fourth consecutive victory and their 10th in the last 13 games.
Ellsbury also chased down Freddy Galvis ' line drive to deep center field with the bases loaded in the sixth to end the inning and protect an 8-1 lead
"In this ballpark, when you're down four, maybe five runs, there's still a chance. But when it's 8-1, it's in another zone," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "The ball Freddy hit when it was 8-1 might have gotten us close, but the guy made a pretty nice play on it."
Aceves was sent to the minors after allowing seven runs in an April 23 start against Oakland that ballooned his ERA to 8.66. But he was sent back to the mound on Monday because Buchholz had irritation in his shoulder and collar bone from sleeping awkwardly on his side.
Farrell would not say whether Aceves will get another turn in the rotation, but Buchholz is expected to miss only a few days and Franklin Morales is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.
Aceves, who left the ballpark without speaking to reporters, gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four.
"He looked like he was out there with a purpose," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said.
Jimmy Rollins , Ryan Howard , John Mayberry and Ben Revere each had two hits for the Phillies. Erik Kratz 's solo homer in the third and Domonic Brown 's two-run shot in the eighth both curled around the Pesky Pole.
Cloyd allowed three runs in the first inning and was charged with three more in the third. He lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out two.
"When you really think about it, a loss is a loss," Manuel said. "We come back out tomorrow and it's still 0-0."
The Phillies made their first visit to Fenway since 2010, bringing along closer Jonathan Papelbon for his first trip to Boston since he left the team that he helped win the 2007 World Series. The Red Sox played a video on the scoreboard with highlights of Papelbon's career in Boston, but with the outcome long-decided by the ninth inning he did not get into the game.
Instead, the Red Sox largely put it out of reach early, getting Pedroia's two-run homer that also curled around the foul pole in short right field followed one out later by Napoli's long drive that cleared the Red Sox bullpen in right field by a dozen rows.
Boston made it 6-1 in the third. David Ortiz and Napoli doubled to lead off the inning, Stephen Drew singled in another run and, one out later, Saltalamacchia singled. With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled past a diving Revere in center field to score one run but Saltalamacchia was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
NOTES: Ellsbury, who hit a double to end Sunday's game, singled in the first and doubled in the second and third, giving him hits in four consecutive innings. ... Revere crashed into an unpadded part of the wall while catching Ortiz's deep drive to end the fourth. He stayed down and the trainer ran out to help him, but he remained in the game and singled in the top of the fifth. ... Cloyd had allowed three runs or fewer in six of his eight career starts, including all five on the road, before Monday. ... Daniel Nava was the only player in the Red Sox starting lineup who did not get a hit. ... The teams wore special camouflage uniforms and caps in honor of Memorial Day.